I‘ve only ever known Miranda July as a filmmaker, and not one I know well. However, she has been publishing stories for over a decade and a couple of years ago she published her debut novel, The First Bad Man. In 2006 and 2007 she published a couple of stories in The New Yorker, “Something That Needs Nothing” (September 18, 2006) and “Roy Spivey” (June 11, 2007); I was reading the magazine regularly back then, but I do not remember these stories, so I might have missed them entirely. Since those two stories, she has published a number of pieces for the magazine, but “The Metal Bowl” is her first piece of “New Yorker fiction” in just over a decade.
Please feel free to comment below. I look forward to comments about “The Metal Bowl” and the rest of July’s work!